Respite care provides a short term break for caregivers. Caregivers hire an individual or a service to take care of their loved one for a short amount of time, so the caregiver can take time for themselves, whether it’s to handle personal business or simply recharge their batteries. There are several types of respite care available, so virtually all caregivers should be able to find a respite care service to meet their needs.
Different types of respite care include:
Adult Daycare: Adult daycare provides temporary care at a facility outside of your home. This can be a good option for caregivers who work during the day. This option is best for someone who enjoys interacting with others and who does not have mobility challenges. Adult day care is not appropriate for those who are seriously ill or bedridden. Be sure to thoroughly investigate a center and find out more about what kind of services they can provide for your loved one. A few personal recommendations include Joy’s House, Catholic Charities, and Still Waters Adult Day Center.
Residential Care: Many residential communities, such as assisted living, provide both scheduled and emergency respite care. These communities are able to provide 24-hour care and have medical staff on hand to attend to most healthcare needs. This option is great for caregivers who are taking a vacation or who need to be away for an extended period of time.
In-Home Care: Hiring a respite caregiver or home care agency is a convenient option that can meet the needs of both the caregiver and care receiver. Care can be scheduled at times that are convenient to the caregiver, and the loved one receiving care does not have to leave the comfort of their home. This is an especially good option for those who are seriously ill or whose mobility issues make it hard for them to be easily transported. A personal recommendation in the area is Brightstar Care.
Many caregivers struggle with guilt about spending time away from their loved one so they can do things for themselves. It’s important to remember that by taking care of yourself and relieving stress, you are energizing yourself to be the best caregiver you can be. With all of the options available for respite care, you’ll be able to make the best choice for your family while you take some time for yourself.
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